Debra and her husband, Dan May have lived on Whitney Avenue in Wilkinsburg for 23 years. She has a degree in elementary education from Edinboro University and a Master in Public Management degree from Carnegie Mellon.
Currently, she is the Director of Finance and Operations for POWER, an organization that provides treatment to women who suffer from the disease of alcohol and drug addiction. Prior to this position, she was the Associate Director of an initiative at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education that focused on school improvement efforts for schools and districts that requested assistance in either improving academic achievement and/or in reforming all areas of district operations.
In addition, she has worked as a consultant to several non-profits in the region, held the positions of Controller and Director of Management Services for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and Director of Fiscal Management at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Public Policy and Management. Most recently, in 2013, she was a finalist for the Pittsburgh Business Times CFO of the year in the non-profit category.
Outside of work, she has been a member of and served on the board of Neighbors Unite Wilkinburg (NUW), a non-partisan, grassroots organization whose mission it is to encourage Wilkinsburg residents to participate in local government.